The Athens Review
Athens cross country coach Gerald Anthony knew his runners were coming on strong lately, but even he was surprised by this.
The Athens varsity boys won the District 15-3A championship Monday, finishing ahead of Van and Mabank. Brownsboro was fourth, Mineola was fifth and Canton was sixth.
“The kids just decided they wanted to win it,” said Anthony, in his first season coaching the Athens team. “Once we started winning they got more confident, and I’m just proud for them.”
Bryant Castaneda finished second overall with a 5K (3.1 mile) time of 18:17. Castaneda has been the anchor for Athens, having finished either first or second in each of the last four meets.
In addition to his strong performance, Athens had four runners finish from 10th to 16th to help push the team over the top — Pedro Galvan (10th, 19:53); Rolee Sloan (12th, 19:59); Alfredo Vazquez (14th, 20:03); and Eduardo Antonio (16th, 20:09). Pedro Alanis came in 28th overall with a time of 21:42, while Rodrigo Contreras was 31st at 21:53.
Athens will advance to the Region II-3A meet to be held in Arlington on November 3.
The state championship will be held Nov. 10 at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock.